Abstract by Lindsey Alder
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Mn and Cr Catalysts in CO2 ODH of Ethane
The production of ethylene has gained recent attention within the industry from its relevance in the manufacturing of many plastics. Oxidative dehydrogenation (ODH) with CO2 has been proven to be a promising means of creating ethylene from ethane in comparison to the more traditional methods such as thermal and steam cracking. ODH requires less energy, produces less coking, and utilizes CO2 as a feedstock as opposed to producing it as a byproduct like previous methods. Utilization of heterogeneous catalysts have been studied in an attempt to optimize this process. Manganese and chromium on metal oxide supports with varying weight percents are our catalysts of choice for this project and their characterization will be discussed in more detail using X-ray diffraction, N2 adsorption, NH3 adsorption, and inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy results. Our project focuses on optimizing the reaction as well as using statistical analysis to optimize the process in which we run our reactions.